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Civil War Medal
Screw Sloop of War:
Laid down in December 1857, at Philadelphia Navy Yard
Launched, 20 October 1858
Commissioned USS Lancaster, 12 May 1859, CAPT. John Rudd, in command
Assigned to the Pacific Squadron until 1866
Decommissioned, 19 March 1867, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
Recommissioned, 26 August 1869, to serve as flagship for the South Atlantic squardon
Decommissioned, 31 July 1875, at Portsmouth, N.H.
Recommissioned, 26 August 1881, to serve as flagship for the European squardon
Reassigned as flagship for the South Atlantic squadron in 1885
Reassigned as flagship for the Eurropean squardon in 1888
Decommissioned, 7 September 1889 at New York Navy Yard and was towed to Portsmouth, N.H. for repairs
Recommissioned, 19 March 1891 to serve as flagship for the Asiatic squadron
Decommissioned, 30 June 1894, at New York Navy Yard
Recommissioned, 12 Septmeber 1895, for assignment to the South Atlantic squardon
Decommissioned, 31 December 1897, at Boston Navy Yard
Recommissioned, 5 May 1898, to serve as station ship at Key West during the Spanish American War
Reassigned, 3 September 1898 as gunnery training ship at Portsmouth, N.H.
Decommissioned, 1 May 1902, at Philadelphai Navy Yard
Lancaster served as receiving ship at the Philadelphia Navy Yard from 16 November 1903 to 31 March 1912
Transferred to the Bureau of Public Health Service, Treasury Department, 1 February 1913
Stuck from the Naval Register, 31 December 1915
Ex-USS Lancaster served as quarantine detention ship at Reedy Island, DL. Quarantine Station from 1916 to 1920.
New York Quarantine Station from 1920 to 1929
Final Disposition, sold in 1929, broken up in 1933.
Displacement 2,362 t.
Length 235' 8"
Draft 18' 6"
Speed 10 kts.
twenty-four 9" Dahlgren smoothbores
one 2" Dahlgren smoothbore
two 30-pdr Parrott rifles
Propulsion steam and sail
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||USS Lancaster was the last Old Navy warship on the effective list and in commission during the Spanish-American War.
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DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
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Last Updated 15 May 2009
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